Ted Williams

Baseball Player Ted Williams

Full Name: Theodore Williams
Profession: Baseball Player

United States of America

Biography: Nicknamed 'The Kid' Williams played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox as a left fielder and remains one of the game's greatest ever hitters.

He has the highest batting average of any player in the live ball era and his on base percentage is the highest of all time.

Although his career was interrupted by service in the Korean War he still managed to play until the age of 42 before becoming a manager for the Texas Rangers.

Williams was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Born: August 30, 1918
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: July 5, 2002 (aged 83)
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Married Life

  • 1944-05-04 Baseball player Ted Williams marries Doris Soule (divorced 1954)
  • 1961-09-10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Historical Events

  • 1937-12-07 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
  • 1939-04-20 Ted Williams' first MLB hit comes off of NY Yankees fellow future HOF'er Red Ruffing in Boston's 2-0 opening day defeat at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1939-04-23 Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR
  • 1940-08-24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run
  • 1941-05-02 MLB player Ted Williams' lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400
  • 1941-05-25 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941
  • 1941-09-28 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg
  • 1942-06-02 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator
  • 1942-11-03 Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams wins American League Triple Crown (.356 average, 36 HRs, 137 RBI); but NY Yankees pitcher Joe Gordon is AL MVP
  • 1946-03-09 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses
  • 1946-07-14 Cleveland's Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles & HR, but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 HR with 8 RBIs
  • 1946-11-15 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
  • 1947-11-27 Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote
  • 1949-11-25 Ted Williams wins AL MVP
  • 1950-07-11 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game
  • 1950-07-13 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow
  • 1952-01-09 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty
  • 1953-02-16 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal
  • 1953-08-06 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from military service in Korea; ends abbreviated season with .407 batting average
  • 1954-03-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams fractures his collarbone on the first day of Boston Red Sox spring training; injury keeps him out of Boston lineup until May 15
  • 1954-05-16 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone
  • 1956-08-07 Boston Red Sox fine slugger Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at heckling Boston fans, third incident in 3 weeks
  • 1957-06-13 Ted Williams becomes 1st ALer to have 2, 3-HR games in a season
  • 1958-02-06 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams becomes highest paid player in MLB when he re-signs with Boston Red Sox for $135,000
  • 1958-04-30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits
  • 1958-07-24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again
  • 1960-06-17 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR
  • 1960-09-28 Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (off Jack Fisher)
  • 1969-02-21 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators
  • 1969-04-07 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4
  • 1972-10-04 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog
  • 1984-05-29 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)
  • 1987-08-28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs

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